FC Nordsjælland is a Danish football club based in the North Zealand town of Farum, Denmark. The club currently plays in the Danish Superliga, the country’s highest football league in Denmark.
FC Nordsjælland Youth Development System
FC Nordsjælland has had youth football since January 2006 and in a short time has already become one of Denmark’s leading clubs in talent development. The club has established itself in both the U17 and U19 Leagues, is represented on various national U-national teams and achieved in the spring of 2009 A + License status – Dansk Boldspil Union’s most distinguished stamp of approval of a club’s talent development environment.
FC Nordsjælland has won U / 19 DM Gold in 2013, and silver in both 2014, 2015 and 2016, while U / 17 has won silver in 2015 and 2016.
A lot of resources are spent on talent development in FC Nordsjælland, because it must form the foundation for the club’s Superliga team. Right from the start in the development process of an FCN player, there is a focus on the technical and coordination elements, such as the first touch, feints, passes, finishes and running training.
A few years ago, FCN started targeted technical training – Specific training – in parallel with the team training on the U12 – U15 teams in the parent club Farum BK. It has already been shown to have a positive effect on the technical and motor skills of youth players.
Best in the country for what the club wants
FC Nordsjælland’s stated goal is to be the club in Denmark that delivers the most players from its own talent development environment to the club’s Superliga team. In the current Superliga squad, over 60% of the squad are players who have played on the club’s youth team.
Therefore, the club will always focus on the development of its own young players, and they must be technically very well-founded and forward-looking football players with a highly developed winning mentality and belief in their own abilities.
FCN would like to impress the elite of Danish youth football with good results. Most importantly, however, the players develop to be able to become Superliga players in the club, and therefore the development of the individual player has the highest priority. This must be done in a safe and qualified environment so that players can unleash their full potential.
The common thread with ball-possessing, technical, forward-looking and attractive football is carried through from the youngest years and up to the club’s Superliga team. In order to stick to this common thread, the club also strives to always have and further train the best coaches and leaders in the country, so as to ensure a streamlined talent development and game philosophy throughout the club.
FC Nordsjælland Youth Training
The specific training is a training offer that FC Nordsjælland offers to the most skilled and learning-ready players, primarily in the North Zealand area, but other players are also welcome.
For a number of years, the specific training has brought together the best players in the North Zealand area. The purpose of the specific training is to create a football environment with the absolute highest level. We do this by having a highly trained coaching staff, a good standard on the coaching side, being innovative in our thinking, and making the best possible material conditions available.
The specific training should be seen as an extra offer for the most talented players. In the specific training, there is the opportunity to train with other of the most talented players in the region, as well as the opportunity to go more in depth with details. The specific training must be seen as a supplement to the training in the player’s mother club and thus as an extra opportunity to improve their skills in a safe environment.
The goal of the specific training
Our goal with the specific training is simply to create even more skilled football players. We believe that the most talented players need to be stimulated even more and be matched at their own level at an early age. By training more at an early age, players can acquire good habits and thus create the foundation for becoming elite players in the long run. FC Nordsjælland has a goal of giving the young talents the chance on the Superliga team. This goal will be easier to achieve if the greatest talents receive a lot and good training at an early age. FC Nordsjælland works on the basis of a very clear strategy, which starts in the specific training and ends in the Alka Super League. Through many years of experience, we know which tools the players must acquire in relation to their stages of development.
In FC Nordsjælland we care a lot about our training environment. Through our training environment, we want to create people with healthy values. It is FC Nordsjælland’s goal that the four values: Team spirit – Dedication – Courage – Joy are clear in the specific training. A lot of resources are invested in the specific training, and it is therefore expected that the players who participate are extremely training-ready. This means that you arrive on time, listen when instructed, take the initiative, help and deliver the maximum for each training, with the aim of improving your skills as much as possible.
Content in specific training
The form of training in the specific training is based on the individual development. Specific training should be seen as an alternative to the more traditional team training. Here there is a better opportunity to go in depth with a few details, as well as train core competencies and less good skills. The training takes place either as station training or year-by-year training, but always with the individual player in the center. We focus on the following skills in the specific training:
- Football coordination
- Vendinger / cuts
- Finter / dribble
- 1v1 offensive / defensive
- Vertical ankle / semi-horizontal ankle kick
- Reception in the air / ground
- Protect the ball under pressure
- Small Sided Games
In addition, there are permanently attached goalkeeping coaches, finishing coaches and physical trainers.
FC Nordsjælland’s wish is to create dynamic football players who can manage themselves 1v1 with clear core competencies. This goal is met with our players at an early age, so our young players have more surplus to accommodate a complex style of play. In addition, players with these skills will be useful in virtually all of our FSN clubs’ playing styles.
Specific matches / events
Specific matches are arranged several times a year in the different age groups we have in the specific training. These matches take place primarily in Farum Park and take place after dialogue with the player’s mother club. FC Nordsjælland expects to have some very skilled teams for the specific matches, and therefore the opponents will most often be the best teams in Denmark or from our neighboring countries.
Selection of players from FSN clubs
FCN, in collaboration with the FSN clubs, is responsible for the selection of the most suitable players for the specific training in Farum Park. The procedure for this is as follows:
FCN prefers to see the player in his own environment in the parent club a number of times before he is considered for the specific training. Exceptionally, an FSN club may contact FCN to send particularly talented players for specific training.
Then a contact is established to the mother club, where a training course in the specific environment is agreed. The course is generally for a quarter, unless otherwise agreed. In the case of an FSN club, FCN addresses the sports contact person in the parent club, who thus establishes the further contact.
FCN is recruiting new players for specific training on an ongoing basis.
Contact according to specific training
The following FCN employees are responsible for incorporation, dialogue and collaboration around players for FCN specific training.
Sports responsible for the Specific training:
Mail: [email protected]
The individual player receives ongoing oral evaluation and guidance in specific training.
At the end of the period, the player is evaluated and assessed definitively, and FCN decides whether the player in question should continue to specific training in Farum Park.
FCN has a large and well-trained coaching staff that together evaluates and assesses each individual player in the specific training. This ensures that many eyes have followed the individual player and that the decision is made on a professionally sound assessment basis.
The FSN clubs’ contact persons will be informed in writing about which players should continue and which players should not continue in the specific training. It is important to point out that players who are affiliated with Farum BK do not have opportunities or advantages over others.
If it is assessed that a player should not continue in FCN specific training, the player and his parents will be called to a short evaluation meeting at the end of the current quarter, where the player is informed about the development areas he can work on in his daily training, and thus possibly become relevant in the specific training at a later date.
FCN always follows up this conversation with a personal written evaluation of the disqualified player.
The player is further encouraged to return to his parent club and work on the things that the specific coaches point out can be improved. If the parent club does not have the level the player wants, FCN in dialogue and cooperation with the parent club tries to help with an alternative.
FCN wishes in every way to encourage open dialogue with the parent club. Our FSN-responsible and specific-responsible coaches are therefore available for parents and team coaches who want a dialogue about the player’s development.
Specific training, times
Farum Park forms the framework for the specific training every Tuesday and Thursday. Each player and his club is informed about which training day that player participates in.
The training takes place both days in the period from 15: 00-16: 30.
The players are very welcome to come in for training before the start, as we have movement training before the “regular” specific training starts. Parents and other interested parties from our FSN clubs are welcome to attend the training. However, it is important that people who observe the training stay in sections A1 / A2.
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FC Nordsjælland History
Farum Idraets Klub, which was established in 1910, and Stavnsholt Boldklub af 1974, both of which were originally from the Farum municipality (which has since been consolidated with Vrlse to form the Fures municipality), merged on January 1, 1991, to form Farum BK. This merger is considered to be one of the few successful mergers in Danish football, although it was not without controversy. Residents of Farum, most notably Peter Brixtofte, the city’s mayor, were the ones who took the initiative to form the club.
By gaining sponsorship for the club, the mayor demonstrated a personal interest in the organization. The club’s uniform, which is still worn in some capacity today, was created by combining the colors of the two united teams, which were the red and white of Stavnsholt and the yellow and blue of F.I.K. This uniform is still worn in some capacity today. It includes striped shirts in yellow and red, as well as shorts and stockings in a dark blue color. Thomas Andreasen, who had most recently competed for Stavnsholt BK, was another player who was moved over to the new Farum squad. After that, Andreasen would go on to set a record with 295 appearances for the squad, playing at every level from the Denmark Series all the way up to the Danish Superliga before finally quitting in 2007.
After the club’s first season, Farum BK was promoted to the first group of the Denmark Series, which is the highest level of play in Danish football. Prior to that, the club had been placed in the second group of the Denmark Series. Jrgen Andersen, a former goaltender for Hvidovre, took over as the team’s first manager in the year 1992. The squad competed at the highest level of the Denmark Series for a total of six years. Farum was the first player in the history of the club to turn professional, which he accomplished under the direction of manager Jrgen Tideman, who took control of the club in 1994.
During the 1997–1998 season, Farum led the club to promotion into the Second Division, and he later became the first player in club history to do so. The first full season that Farum spent competing at the professional level proved fruitful for the club. As a result of their victories over Aalborg Chang and Skive, which both came down to a single point, Farum was elevated back to the First Division for the second time in as many years.
The club’s quick development was first hampered when it was forced to compete in the second tier of competition in Denmark; nevertheless, it was not stopped, and it concluded the 1999–2000 season in a respectable eighth position, winning as many games as it lost. However, despite taking part in the Danish Cup for the very first time in the 1997–98 season, Farum was unable to make any kind of an impression on the competition, as they were eliminated in the first round each of the three times they participated.
The following year saw some progress in the league and cup, with the team finishing in fifth place, three spots and nine points behind second-placed promotion winners Vejle. This was an improvement on the previous year’s finish of seventh place. They also advanced past the first round of competition in the Danish Cup; however, in the third round they were eliminated by Fremad Amager after suffering a 2-1 loss. Christian Andersen, an unconventional coach, was brought on board to head the team beginning with the 2001–02 season. This was done in order to capitalize on the foothold that the club had created in the First Division.
A significant contribution was made by Jeppe Tengbjerg, who had previously been employed by B.93 before to his recruitment. Because of his 16 goals, he finished the season as Farum’s leading goal scorer and tied for third place among all league scorers. The squad was able to earn promotion to the Superliga after finishing in second place, 11 points better than Snderjylland, who finished in third place, and one point worse than Kge, who finished in first position and won the championship. The squad only dropped four of the 17 games they played during the season, despite having the most goals scored in their division with 69.
The Farum football team played in the top tier of Danish football for the first and last time during the 2002–03 season. As a result of its third-place finish in the regular season, it became eligible to compete in the UEFA Cup for the very first time in its history. The scandal involving Peter Brixtofte, who arranged for the municipality to purposely overpay for welfare services obtained from private companies in exchange for sponsoring the Farum football team, managed to obscure the accomplishments of the club, despite the fact that it was successful.
Brixtofte was put in a position where he had no choice but to step down as chairman, and the club was on the verge of folding as a result. In March 2003, Farum BK was acquired by AKP Holding, the holding company of local entrepreneur Allan K. Pedersen. In an effort to dissociate the club from the Brixtofte incident, Farum BK was renamed FC Nordsjaelland shortly after the acquisition. This was done to ensure that it was crystal obvious that the club was intended to represent not only the North Zealand region, but also the town in where it is headquartered.
To bolster the team’s reputation as a regional one, a network of local football clubs from the area was formed with the intention of showcasing the young talent that exists in the area and bringing it to national prominence through FC Nordsjlland. This was done in order to improve the standing of the team as a regional one. Approximately 66 teams are now part of this network. The competition is formally known as the Fodbold Samarbejde Nordsjlland (FSN). In only its second season in the Superliga and its first season as Nordsjaelland, the team had a difficult time outperforming its performance from the previous year.
There was not a single player on FCN who finished in the top ten goal scorers, and the team suffered the worst goal difference it has had since turning professional. The majority of the season was spent by the squad focusing on avoiding relegation; however, they ended up finishing the season in ninth place. Despite this, the Wild Tiger fans got their first taste of European football as their club competed for the first time in the UEFA Cup.
The club advanced to the first round after a qualifying round victory against the Armenian team Shirak by a score of 6-0 on aggregate, however they were eliminated by the Panionios team from Greece. Christian Andersen was fired from his position as head coach at the conclusion of the 2003–2004 season, and Johnny Petersen was promoted to take his place. The next two years, which were managed by Johnny Petersen, were spent primarily on preventing relegation, but the team did not fare very well in either the Danish Cup or the Superliga.
The fact that Petersen is recognized with constructing a powerful young team and fostering the careers of players such as Mads Junker and Anders Due is one of the few positive aspects of his tenure as manager. After working his way up through the ranks as an assistant coach, Morten Wieghorst was promoted to the position of head coach for the 2006–2007 season. He would remain in this role for the next five years. The departure of FCN’s leading scorer Mads Junker to the Dutch club Vitesse the previous winter posed Wieghorst’s first obstacle as FCN’s manager. He was tasked with finding a replacement for Junker.
Morten Nordstrand, a free agent hailing from nearby Lyngby, was offered a spot on the team after he finished the previous season’s First Division competition with 29 goals scored. Following his dominant performance in the first half of the 2006–07 season in terms of goal scoring statistics, Nordstrand went on to make an immediate impression, which led to him being called up to play for the Danish national team. He concluded the season with 18 goals and was a major contributor to the team’s fifth-place finish in the league. Nordstrand participated in every league game during that season.
Due to lower-than-average attendance as well as issues that are still lingering from the Brixtofte affair, Chairman Allan Kim Pedersen admitted that there had been negotiations to relocate the club further north to Hillerd. There, the club would be able to develop into other sports such as ice hockey and basketball. These issues are a result of the Brixtofte affair. Despite this, the transfer was never actually completed. The next year, Nordsjaelland would find itself in a similar dilemma after once again losing its star scorer Martin Bernburg to Copenhagen. This time, it was for a second time.
The team was only able to finish in ninth place, but because of their high performance in the UEFA Respect for Fair Play rankings, they were awarded a return trip to the UEFA Cup. The Wild Tigers improved on their previous European performance by beating TVMK Tallinn and Queen of the South to advance to the quarterfinals of the Danish Cup in the 2008-09 season. This was the second time in the team’s history that they had reached this point in the competition.
On the other hand, they were eliminated in the end after being defeated by the Greek team Olympiacos 0-7 overall. It has been stated that Allan K. Pedersen purchased FC Nordsjaelland from AKP Holding and then sold it to himself in October 2008 for a reported price of 500,000 Danish kroner. This transaction took place immediately before his holding firm went for bankruptcy. Pedersen questions the legitimacy of the advertised purchase price. After his creditors launched an investigation, it was discovered that the transaction had been pushed through without the bank’s approval, and that the price for which the club was sold was too low.
This ultimately resulted in a reduction of the proceeds that the creators of the club earned from the sale of the club. At the time of the sale, FCN was assessed to have a value of 35 million Norwegian Kroner. The case was accepted by the Supreme Court, but a decision has not been rendered on it as of yet; the justices have estimated that it might take anywhere from one to four years. The 2009–10 season was Nordsjaelland’s breakthrough year, as they won their first title, the Danish Cup.
The sole match that FCN competed in during the Superliga season was their quarterfinal matchup with Silkeborg, which they won 3-1 in extra time. The team then competed against Midtjylland in Nordsjlland’s first cup final, which they won 2-0 in extra time with to goals scored by recently recruited players Nicolai Stokholm and Bajram Fetai. With this victory, the team became eligible to compete in Europe’s newly built UEFA Europa League. This accomplishment would be repeated by the team the following year, when they would win the Danish Cup for a second time by claiming victory in the finals against Midtjylland with a score of 3-2.
In June of 2011, Kasper Hjulmand, who had been serving as Wieghorst’s substitute, was promoted from within the coaching staff. Before the start of the 2011–12 season, the previous head coach of Lyngby brought in two Danish internationals: Mikkel Beckmann (coming from the lower division team Randers) and Patrick Mtiliga (coming from Málaga on a free transfer). FCN wanted to improve upon its performance of the previous season, in which it finished in sixth place, and to defend the Danish Cup, which it had won for the second year in a row.
It would go on to compete in the Europa League for a second season in a row until it was knocked from the competition in the third qualifying round by Sporting CP, the same team that had previously eliminated Nordsjaelland from Europe. The final score was 2-1 on aggregate. In the first half of the 2011–12 season, FCN got off to a fantastic start, climbing as high as second place in the Superliga and going home undefeated in all competitions till the 30th of October.
This includes a historic tie score of 0-0 with Sporting CP of Portugal, which gave it one of its greatest beginnings in recent memory. Tobias Mikkelsen, Jesper Hansen, and Jores Okore are among the five players who have been chosen to represent Denmark at the upcoming international matches against Sweden and Finland in November. This marks the first time in the annals of the club that so many members have been called up to the national team. FCN was victorious in the end of the season Superliga competition for the very first time in its history. FCN competed in the UEFA Champions League for the first time in 2012–13, and it was placed in a difficult group that included the defending champions Chelsea, the Serie A champions Juventus, and the champions of the Ukrainian Premier League, Shakhtar Donetsk.
This was FCN’s first time competing in the UEFA Champions League. Parken, which is Denmark’s national stadium, served as the host venue for all of FCN’s home matches. It finished the group stage with one point after playing Juventus at home and drawing 1-1 thanks to a goal from Beckmann that was scored on a direct free-kick. A controversial goal scored by Luiz Adriano in the final game of the group stage became the primary focus of the competition.